Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ethiopia : Africa leaders gather for Meles Zenawi burial

(Medeshi)- African leaders have gathered in Addis Ababa for the state funeral of Ethiopia's long-serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month, reports the BBC.

Somali Pirates kill hostage over delayed ransom

By ABDI GULED — Associated Press
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — Somali pirates who have been holding a hijacked ship for nearly two years killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest delayed ransom payment, a pirate leader said.

Chance for the children of Somaliland

(Brisbanetimes)- SBS's Go Back to Where You Came From showed the harsh realities of life on the Horn of Africa last week. The Sun- Herald's Ilya Gridneff also visited the region to see how UNICEF is attempting to help.

UN slams SA’s Saracen torture and abuses in Somalia

By Ivor Powell and Bianca Capazorio - IOL
Johannesburg - A UN report has slammed an SA security company for mustering a “private army” in defiance of international agreements, “brazen, large-scale and protracted violation of the Somalia sanctions regime”, and allegedly torturing local recruits.

Somalia : bodies of 2 Kenyan and 2 Somali soldiers dragged in Kismayo streets

Update - (Medeshi )- the bodies of 2 Kenyan and 2 Somali soldiers killed in the fight for Kismayo port of Somalia were dragged in the streets of Kismayo this morning , local reports say.

Somaliland: Local elections will be tough test for democracy

(Medeshi)-Somaliland will need to overcome several obstacles if it is to successfully hold local elections this year, according to a new report from Progressio.

Friday, August 31, 2012

S.Africa strikes widen, stoke contagion fears

By David Dolan and Ed Stoddard
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African bullion miner Gold Fields said about a quarter of its 46,000 workers had been on a wildcat strike since Wednesday evening in the latest labour unrest to hit the mining industry of Africa's top economy.

Preparing for Local Elections in Somaliland: New Progressio report

In February/March 2012 Progressio’s Steve Kibble undertook a pre-election assessment visit to Hargeisa with the aim of analysing Somaliland’s readiness to hold the local elections scheduled for later in the year. The specific focus was on the provision of an international election observation mission, and ways in which that might aid the electoral process. The mission was funded by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa, and a preliminary report was submitted to the Embassy.

Israeli anger at India clothing shop called Hitler

A new Indian clothing store called Hitler has hurt the feelings of Jews around the world, a senior Israeli diplomat has told the BBC.

Conflict Clouds Kenyan Oil Prospects

(OilPrice.com) - The top foreign policy chief for the European Union met this week in Nairobi with Kenyan leaders. The country is a key Western ally in ongoing efforts to bring stability to neighboring Somalia and has worked closely with the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

Somalia : Al shabaab strong-held Kismayo port town surrounded

MOGADISHU, Thursday - Nation Ke.
Mr Aden Ahmed Hersi, a government spokesman in the Juba regions has told the media that pro-government forces have almost surrounded the port town of Kismayu.

Somali Presidential Vote Set for September 10

VOA News - The election for Somalia's next president has been set for September 10.
The vote by Somali lawmakers will be the next major step in a U.N.-backed plan to create a strong central government for the war-ravaged country.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Four Eritrean journalists die in prison

By Aaron Maasho - ADDIS ABABA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Four journalists have died in prison in Eritrea after spending years behind bars, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Thursday.

Pirates release Greek-run oil tanker

ATHENS Aug 30 (Reuters) - Pirates released a Greek-operated oil tanker seized off Togo on Tuesday after stealing 3,000 tonnes of fuel from it, an official for the ship's operator said on Thursday.

Security Council Press Statement on Somalia

NEW YORK, August 30, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gérard Araud ( France):

Kenya: Set Independent Inquiry on Mombasa Killing

HWR - Police Must Continue to Comply With Law Responding to Unrest

270 SA Marikana mine workers charged with the murder of 34 of their colleagues shot dead by police

BBC- Workers arrested at South Africa's Marikana mine have been charged in court with the murder of 34 of their colleagues shot by police.

London Met University : Revocation of sponsoring international students

A London university has been banned from teaching overseas students, leaving more than 2,000 undergraduates potentially facing deportation.

Integrated Education and Development Program in Somaliland

After the Civil War (1988-91), the Republic of Somaliland1 declared its independence from Somalia in May 1991, but the state remains unrecognized by the international community.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Stephen Hawking is the star turn at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony -(Photos)

Mail Online- The Paralympic Games exploded with a Big Bang as Professor Stephen Hawking launched the Opening Ceremony in front of more than a billion viewers on an 'exquisite journey of discovery'.

Kenya: New violence in riot-hit Mombasa

BBC- There has been fresh violence in the riot-torn Kenyan city of Mombasa, with at least one explosion and a number of casualties reported.

Germany : 2,500 residents evacuated after blast in Munich

SkyNews- Experts in Germany have detonated a bomb left over from the Second World War.
The force of the controlled blast shook the city of Munich and created a giant fireball to rise into the sky.

Cartoon of the day : Somalia elections and the cowboys

Following is a an animated cartoon by Amin Amir which depicts the cowboy fight and the shooting for the parliamentary speaker's post in Somalia .

Three Kenyan police officers die of grenade attack

Nairobi (Reuters) - Two Kenyan policeman died overnight of injuries from a grenade attack during riots in the port city of Mombasa, taking the toll of officers killed by the blast to three, officials said Wednesday.

67,000 persons inside Saudi deportation centres

ARAB NEWS -RIYADH: More than 67,000 foreigners were nabbed in the past nine months for various violations including illegal residence and working for employers who are not their original sponsors, business daily Al-Eqtisadiah reported yesterday.

Somali ex-PM Samantar agrees torture victims' payout

BBC-Former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Samantar has agreed to pay $21m (£13m) to the victims of torture that took place while he was in government in the 1980s.
Mohamed Ali Samantar 
The case, closely followed by human rights activists, was brought in the US by seven Somalis.
Mr Samantar, who now lives in the state of Virginia, denies ordering the torture.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Somalia athlete chasing dream is among Africans who drowned at sea

MOGADISHU, Somalia (L.A. Times )— Samia Yusuf Omar was an Olympic runner whose dream was to go to Europe to train and earn money to support her family. But the dream ended with her boat journey.

Somalia is the victim of the globalization of NATO

(Medeshi)-Anybody who has studied how the US and NATO worked to topple the Jamahiriya in Libya knows that the US has tried to replicate the same regime-change mechanism in Syria.

Kenyan Banks Target Ethiopia And Somalia Expansion

VENTURES AFRICA – Ethiopia and Somalia offer the best opportunities for Kenyan banks seeking acquisition and partnership deals, made possible by high capital reserves and a desire to expand across the five-member East Africa Community (EAC).

Grenade Attack in Kenya Kills Police Officer as Riots Rage

By REUBEN KYAMA -NAIROBI, Kenya ( NY Times )— A Kenyan police officer died and 13 others were wounded late on Tuesday in a grenade attack during riots in Mombasa over the killing of a radical cleric, a senior police official said.

Somalia lawmakers select new speaker

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's parliament Tuesday elected former labor minister Mohamed Osman Jawari as the new speaker. The speaker's selection by 228 legislators is a step toward the election of Somalia's next president.

$21 Million Judgment Handed Down In Case Of Ex-Somali PM Mohamed Ali Samantar

AP- ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A U.S. judge has awarded $21 million to seven people who had sued a former prime minister of Somalia now living in Virginia, claiming he had tortured and killed his own people.

Somaliland: A Pocket Of Stability In A Chaotic Region

A man steers a cart pulled by a donkey in Hargeisa, capital of the unrecognized breakaway republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia. Investors are beginning to move into the untapped market in Somaliland, a stable island in a turbulent region.

Monday, August 27, 2012

New book: Mahamed Hashi Dhama 'Garriye': Biography and Poems

(Medeshi)-Mohamed Hashi Dhama "Garriye", one of the most famous living Somali-speaking poets, was born, bred and brought up in Hargeysa, Somaliland. In the early 1970s, he was among many of his contemporaries living in Mogadishu whose works were regarded to have impact upon the prevalent socio-political situation in the country.

UK : Lion on the loose in Essex

The Guardian : Police have warned residents to stay indoors after reports of a lion running loose in Essex.

Six Somali children die after picking up explosives in their school playground

At least six Somali children have died after picking up explosives in their school playground, a local official has told the BBC.

What is Next for Sudan and South Sudan after Meles Zenawi

(Medeshi)- By Scott Morgan with input from Steve Paterno - The Recent passing of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is going to have a huge impact and implication on the relations between Sudan and South Sudan. The question has to be when will they be felt? Tension between the two neighboring countries is already high. Thus far, the intensity resulted into intermittent clashes, with serious potential for all out war.

Horn Petroleum's Puntland wells come up dry

(Reuters) - Canadian oil and gas exploration company Horn Petroleum said on Monday it had encountered only water in a well it drilled in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region earlier this year, the first to be sunk in the country since civil war erupted two decades ago.

Riots in Mombasa after killing of Muslim cleric linked to al-Qa-ida in Somalia

The Independent,  by TOM ODULA -Gunmen in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa shot dead a Muslim cleric accused by Washington and the United Nations of supporting al-Qai'da-linked militants in Somalia, sparking rioting by youths in which one person died and at least one police car was burned.

Somalia's al-Shabab loses control of Merca port to army

BBC- Somali pro-government forces say they have taken control of the port of Merca from al-Shabab militants.

SOMALILAND: Waxa aanu Leenahay Dastuur iyo Madax aanu Dooranay

Urrurada Qurbajoogta Somaliland - Bayaanka August 2012 -DATE:  27 AUGUST 2012          
Somaliland: Waxa aanu leenahay Dastuur iyo Madax aanu Dooranay
Somalia waxay 1dii Ogost 2012 qaateen “Dastuur ku Sima ah (Provisional Constitution)”, dabayaaqada bishan Ogost-na waxa lagu wadaa in dawlad cusub looga unko Muqdisho(Xamar). Haddaanu nahay qurba jooga reer Somaliland waxaanu si aad ah uga xunahay in dadka Somalia walli  isku mashquulinayaan yab-yabidda “Dastuuro” iyo “dawlado” ku andacoonaya in Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland qayb ka tahay in kastoo ay  sida cad-ceeda ugu cadahay cidkasta in, lagasoo bilaabo 1991-kii,  dadka Somaliland  ka abuureen dalkooda nabad ayna berri hore sameysteen  Dastuur iyo nidaam dawladeed oo diimuquraadi ah oo ah madaxweyne iyo baarlamaan la soo doortay.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mo Farah celebrates two-mile Diamond League victory in Birmingaham

BBC- Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah returned to the track in style with a win at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Saudi Arabia: Police foil terror plot in Riyadh

MUHAMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS |Monday 27 August 2012
RIYADH: The Security Spokesman at Interior Ministry stated that the concerned security authorities monitored over several months the activities of suspicious elements having contact with the deviant 'Takfiri' organization abroad, noting that it has been clear from the follow-up that these elements formed a terrorist cell in Riyadh advertising for deviant thought, and recruiting members to carry out criminal operations targeting security men, citizens, residents and public facilities.

Taming hate speech in Kenya

NAIROBI, 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - So much for “never again”. Five years after 1,300 Kenyans were killed and more than half a million displaced in the wake of a presidential election, one of the triggers of that violence, the inflammatory language of politicians, remains a serious threat to peace and stability as the country gears up for the next polls in March 2013. 

UN official says Somalia transition is too slow

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. representative to Somalia said he is "deeply concerned by the ongoing delays" in choosing all the 275 members of parliament who will select a new Somali president.

Obama urges Ethiopia’s new leader to promote human rights, security

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
August 25, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - US president, Barack Obama, has spoken with Ethiopia’s acting prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who has become nation’s new leader following the death of his predecessor on 21 August.

Yet another case of stoning Sudan women

By Hala Al karib -(ST)-In July 2012, a 23 year old woman Laila Ibrahim Issa Jamool from Dar Hamer, a pastoralist tribe of Sudan Kordofan’s region found herself shackled inside Omdurman women prison holding on to her sick infant who is suffering from Asthma. Laila’s family moved to Khartoum as a result of conflict, impoverishment and the growing destruction of livelihoods in rural Sudan triggered by lack of spending on development which has overwhelmed Sudan country sides over the past 30 years or more. The exodus of people from the rural to urban areas has disintegrated communities and shattered millions of lives.

Immigrants march in Greece against racist attacks

ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of immigrants marched in Athens on Friday to protest police sweeps and a rash of racist attacks in Greece as the country struggles to pull itself out of a huge debt crisis.